“Ooh, I just know that something good is going to happen”
After first seeing Cloudbusting perform in Newcastle only a few weeks ago it was with great pleasure that I got to see them so soon back in the North East and I knew for sure something VERY good was going to happen tonight. It had been a very busy week for Mandy and the boys and an arduous journey from the South of England to Hartlepool proved to be worthwhile for both the band and audience members in this quaint gothic style theatre.
Being a larger stage meant the huge back projections and floor screens could be used to their full potentional which really enhances the whole Kate Bush experience, unlike the confines of the last venue up the road in Tyneside.
With an impressive setlist spanning Kate’s entire career it’s an incredible experience to witness Kate’s music played live in front of appreciative audiences and Mandy portrays Kate’s songs with great conviction with sublime vocals, emotion and stage presence.
Starting with an atmospheric Under Ice mixing perfectly into Wow, you get to appreciate the full effect of singer Mandy’s wonderful voice. Poignant moments include the haunting This Woman’s Work and the touching Don’t Give up with the bassist giving an equally impressive vocal performance. From the delicate Never Be Mine with Mandy singing absolutely angelic along with only the piano to the energetic tracks like Babooshka and Cloudbusting which had some of the crowd on their feet dancing in front of the stage, this is a terrific show for anyone and not only Kate Bush admirers.
If the thousands of lucky and privileged fans who saw Kate last year at Hammersmith Odeon were slightly disappointed that she did not sing all the ‘hits’ then believe me, come and see Cloudbusting and this is exactly how she would have performed them.
Mandy, Michael (keyboards), Jon (guitars), Kevin (drums) and Dave (Bass) are passionate about Kate Bush’s music and this shines through their performance, passion and attention to detail. There is a visible strong bond between them and this is evident in the fun uplifting tracks and the emotional songs. They are not only a group of wonderful people they are also surprisingly humble in the admiration they receive were even a little overawed when asked to sign an original copy of the Hounds of Love LP cover at the end of the night.
The band take on a really ambitious project later this year by performing the Hounds of Love album live in its entirety to mark the 30th anniversary of its release at none other than the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on 16th September. They will of course give this masterpiece full justice. I can guarantee that and it will be an awesome sceptical.
Cloudbusting already have a strong following that is growing by the week and they make new friends everywhere they play. Understandable really.
All in all, a special night spent with special people. Thank you.
“You're here in my head
Like the sun coming out”
Somewhere in between
The sensual world
Top of the city
The wedding list
James and the Cold Gun
This woman’s work
Never be mine
The man with the child in his eyes
Don’t give up
King of the mountain
Lone & anger
Sat on your lap
Hounds of Love
Running up that hill